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    I couldn't find the old thread, but I would like to update my choice to the 3D printer. Just has unlimited uses for my R/C airplane/Drone hobby. Not only is it the most used, it solves a thousand different problems with its use.

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    Probably not what RB was intending, but:

    The most useful tool in my shop is actually the broken-off shaft of an air-chisel: 5/8" hex stock, with a 1/2" circular reduced section (1-1/2" long) to fit (originally) the airgun chuck, overall length of the shaft about 7", chisel-head long gone. I use it as a drift punch, rivet-set, and not infrequently as a "framing nail-set" for driving heavy-caliber nails in odd/tricky places - always struck manually with a framing hammer.

    It came into my hands free, with the purchase of my home, 4 decades ago.

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    • #3
      Most used tool in my machine shop is my 6" chinese digi-cals, most used tool in my mechanics shop is my 3/8" drive snap-off swivel head ratchet...

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      • #4
        Well, working that angle, guess I'd have to say my laptop and Fusion 360, since that is where I must go first before using the 3d printer. In my machine shop would be my hand, always spraying my machines with oil and wiping light rust away. The A/C is not enough, I need to buy a big dehumidifier. The A/C gets it down to around 50-55% humidity.

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        • #5
          Digital calipers, angle grinder or cordless drill depending on category.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MattiJ View Post
            Digital calipers, angle grinder or cordless drill depending on category.
            Can't argue with any of those. I resisted until the end purchasing a cordless drill. Finally my son got me one for Christmas - I couldn't believe the torque it (Milwaukee 1/2") developed. The following Christmas he gave me a 3/8" Milwaukee - a little bit of overkill but now I have one for each hand.

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            • #7
              In my shop I use my fixturing table the most. Second would be my belt grinder and bandsaw.
              Location: The Black Forest in Germany

              How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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              • #8
                It would be a toss up between belt grinder, drill press ( of which I have several), or small lathe. On thinking though maybe the belt grinder. Seems like I am always de-burring, shaping, cleaning or sharpening something and it may be to do with the other tools. And then there is the dial calipers. I have a cheap one I have out all the time and a Starrett that comes out when I want the "good stuff".

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                • #9
                  I think I use my fine 8" file most - almost every job, after milling, turning, drilling, welding or sawing, and I need to clean up edges.

                  And, tlfamm, you need four cordless drills. One for the pilot drill, one for the clearance drill, one with a countersink and one to drive the screws. I do admit I only have three, but one is rt-angled for accessing between supports.
                  Richard - SW London, UK, EU.

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                  • #10
                    Cordless drill gets #2, port-a-band saw gets #1. I have corded drills, drill press and mill I can drill with so the cordless is just convenient. I have a hacksaw, but I HATE a hacksaw, so my port-a-band is my most appreciated.

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                    • #11
                      Coffee cup.

                      Digital calipers, 6" ruler.

                      Sharpie.

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                      • #12
                        No doubt a tie between my 4x6 bandsaw, and my homebuilt 1x42" belt sander. I have been de-burring all parts cut from stock, since I got fed up with seeing my own blood.
                        I cut it off twice; it's still too short
                        Oregon, USA

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rohart View Post
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                          And, tlfamm, you need four cordless drills. One for the pilot drill, one for the clearance drill, one with a countersink and one to drive the screws. I do admit I only have three, but one is rt-angled for accessing between supports.
                          35 years ago the Boston Globe had a feature section on a small-scale builder of traditional wooden canoes, in New Hampshire, I think. On a rack above his workbench was an array of 8 or 10 corded drills, each with a drill-bit chucked and ready to go. Was the motivation sore hands from constant chucking/unchucking? Might have been - or maybe it was the distraction from task.

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                          • #14
                            I was just going to say, my main design computer. I spend more time working with it than any other machine in the shop. I could argue any of the CNC mills in the machine room, but without my desktop computer those would be idle much of the time.
                            *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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                            • #15
                              #1 for me is my suprabeam Q1 penlight that lives in my coverall pocket,#2 is my Doall Vertical Saw,
                              #3 Greenerd 3E with Shipwheel & Socket Adapters.

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